Traffic Safety News – Motorcycle Safety “Share the Road”

Ever experienced a close call?  Perhaps someone ran a red light or made an improper turn in front of your vehicle.  Ever had someone ride too close to your bumper?  What if you did not have the safety of a seat belt, air bag, and crumple zones when these aggressive driving behaviors happen around you.  Now imagine the risks that motorcyclists take, even when wearing their full complement of protective gear.

What you need to know

  • To date, there have been 10 motorcycle fatalities (18% of the total fatalities).
  • This year, to date, 8 of the 10 motorcyclists killed were wearing helmets.
  • The average age of the person killed on in a motorcycle crash is 46.

What you can do

OHS would like to remind you that safe driving behaviors are the same whether you are driving a car, truck, or motorcycle:

  • Always look twice before turning into traffic.
  • Be vigilant when changing lanes.
  • Be aware of blind spots.
  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
  • Always follow the posted speed limits.
  • Use proper lane position.
  • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Wear all appropriate safety gear – Seat belts for motorists and proper riding gear for motorcyclists.
  • For all who share the road, if you see someone who is driving or riding in an unsafe manner, pull over out of the way if possible, and call 911.

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Share the Road.  Arrive Alive DE.

This message is being sent to you the Office of Highway Safety, who asks you to drive safely at all times.  For more information on this and other traffic safety programs, go to www.ohs.delaware.gov.


Traffic Safety News – Summer Traffic Safety 101

Class is in session!  What class, you ask?  Traffic Safety 101, where the course of study is safe driving behaviors.

What you need to know

Did you know that in Delaware a crash is reported every 25 minutes and a person is injured nearly every hour?  More disturbing, on average, a traffic-related fatality occurs every 3 ½ days.  Consider these facts:

  • Over a three year period, the deadliest months of the year were June, July, and August.
  • So far this year, 46% of all crashes have been caused by aggressive driving behaviors, including speeding and failure to yield the right of way.
  • Pedestrian deaths are again on the rise in the First State.  Eleven pedestrians have been killed so far this year, accounting for almost one-quarter (21%) of all persons killed.
  • Fortunately, alcohol-related deaths have declined so far this year when compared to this date in 2011, but DUI arrests are climbing steadily. Nearly 2500 people have been arrested in 2012.

What you can do

Every day there is a traffic crash in the news.  The majority of them are preventable if everyone would follow the rules of the road:

  • Respect the Sign – Drive calmly and in control.  Be aware of others on the road. Follow posted
    traffic signs and signals.
  • Drive Sober – Always have a safe ride home.  Designate a sober driver or plan a safe route home with DART.
  • Respect your Ride – Know your motorcycle. Know the road.  Wear appropriate safety gear.
  • Be visible while walking and biking – Be safe.  Be seen. Only cross the road at marked intersections and cross walks.
  • Always buckle up – A seat belt is your best defense against unsafe drivers.

This is one class that you do not want to fail because the consequences can be deadly.  Apply what you have learned and you will graduate Traffic Safety 101 at the head of the class.

Drive Safe.  Arrive Alive DE.

 

This message is brought to you by the Office of Highway Safety, who asks you to drive safely at all times.  For more information on this and other traffic safety programs, go to www.ohs.delaware.gov.


Traffic Safety News – Special Edition: 4th of July

Fines.  Attorney’s Fees.  Mandatory DUI Classes.  None of these sounds like fun, but this is exactly what you will have if you make the choice to drink and drive this holiday weekend.  OHS wants to remind you that in Delaware the consequences are real.

What you need to know

Did you know that July 4th is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving
crashes?

  • In 2011, between the dates of July 1-5, 1 person was killed and another 97 were injured.
  • DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols over the July 4th holiday last year resulted in 51 total dui arrests.
  • Violators face jail time, the loss of licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, lost time at work, etc.

What you can do

Have a plan before you go out.

  • Designate a sober driver for the night.
  • Know the DART routes in your area.
  • Program the number of a cab company in your phone.
  • Call a friend or family member.
  • Walking impaired is never a good alternative.

Remember, just one too many is way too many.  It’s never worth the risk to drive impaired. If law enforcement pulls you over for drunk driving, you will be arrested. So remember, “DUI is a Total Buzz Kill.”

Drive Sober.  Arrive Alive DE.

This message is being sent to you from the Office of Highway Safety, who asks you to drive safely at all times.  For more information on this and other traffic safety programs, go to www.ohs.delaware.gov.